Section (with added stills) of the 1897 sport event, the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship, between Timaru boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, and American Jim Corbett, at Carson City, Nevada on 17.3.97 (originally 11,000ft long).
“Second silent picture recording with added scenes. Corbett/Fitzsimmons Championship Bout, Carson City, Nevada, March 17 1897. Since the above picture was released and copies mailed some dozen or more persons in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, copies of additional clips taken from the original nitrate film were “flushed out” and friends kindly forwarded them to me.”
“These clips, taken by persons unknown, give additional views of the arena where the bout was held, but now also show the famous “solar plexus punch”. Here they are re-photographed for 16mm projectors. Some eight years have elapsed, but I trust you will find them an interesting addition to the film released in 1968 - 1969. It is a documentary film and I would appreciate your cooperation in preserving both films in the best permanent home you may locate. D.H. Bates, 1210 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA 97034.”
Still of boxer, possibly Fitzsimmons. Zoom in to his arm. Stills of the arena, zoom into the boxing ring. Still of cameraman (possibly a drawing).
Footage of boxers in the ring, in robes.
The fight in progress (The Veriscope Company logo on lower side of ring).
Boxers are fanned at the end of the round.
Break in film.
Boxer in robe, in ring.
Fighting resumes Knockout punch is delivered, referee counts Corbett down. Men clamber into the ring.
Same footage slowed down
Colour still of Fitzsimmons, in black suit and top hat. “Three World Boxing Titles, Heavyweight Championship 1897-1899, Light Heavyweight Championship 1903-1905, Middleweight Championship 1891-1895” “Robert (Bob) Fitzsimmons - Timaru N.Z”.
Still of ‘Historic Picture of Bob Fitzsimmons’ “Above Bob Fitzsimmons (extreme right of picture) works out on the road accompanied by his actress wife and members of his boxing entourage”.
Still of Fitzsimmons, in white suit. “World Heavyweight Champion 1897 - 1899” “World Light Heavyweight Champion 1903 - 1905” “World Middleweight Champion 1891 - 1895” “Robert (Bob) Fitzsimmons, Timaru N.Z”.